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Unsuccessful Ascent List for Cliff Young

No one can call themselves an experienced mountaineer unless they have turned back unsuccessfully from some of their summit attempts. Climbing is a game of knowing when to press on and when to bail, and these choices can mean the difference between great success and needless death. It is a misnomer, of course, to call any trip into the mountains “unsuccessful” —these attempts are often richer experiences with far more opportunities for learning and growth.

The following table shows all of Cliff Young's unsuccessful attempts. If the peak was climbed later, then the successful ascent date is noted, and how much time elapsed since the attempt. The “Attempt” column will be 2, 3, or other higher numbers for peaks that have been unsuccessfully attempted more than once. Unsuccessful attempts of peaks that have already been climbed are also shown.

Ascent DateTrip ReportPeak or PointElev-ftReached-ftAttemptLocationProm-ftSuccess DateTime Elapsed
1998-04-01TRSaddleback Mountain41204100 USA-ME24461998-06-2888 Days Later
2004 Bald Hill Range916914 USA-CT4062005-02-111 Year, 41 Days Later
2006-10-14 Borah Peak1266211760 USA-ID5982 
2009-04-25 Santa Fe Baldy1262212300 USA-NM19822009-06-0642 Days Later
2015-03-20 West Baldpate-West Peak29802940 USA-ME3002015-03-244 Days Later
2015-03-31 Borestone Mountain19811900 USA-ME9722015-04-1515 Days Later
2015-06-17 Katahdin52683750 USA-ME42881981-08-30Already Climbed



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